[quote=Genesis315]What’s the Gospel passage where He appears to her? Does it specifically say He appears to her first or does it just describe His appearing to her before describing His appearing to others?
I’m quoting from the Revised Standard Version of the New Testament:
1: Now after the sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Mag’dalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulchre.
9: And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Hail!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.
10: Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
That was from Matthew, chapter 28.
1: And when the sabbath was past, Mary Mag’dalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salo’me, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.
2: And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen.
9: Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.
This is from Mark chapter 16, in which he makes it very explicit that Mary Magdelene was the first to see Christ risen.
1: But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared.
10: Now it was Mary Mag’dalene and Jo-an’na and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles
This is from the Gospel according to St. Luke, chapter 24.
1: Now on the first day of the week Mary Mag’dalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.
11: But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb;
12: and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.
13: They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him."
14: Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus.
15: Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away."
16: Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rab-bo’ni!” (which means Teacher).
17: Jesus said to her, "Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God."
18: Mary Mag’dalene went and said to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
Here is the situation given my St. John in chapter 20. Between versuses 1 and 11, Mary goes to tell Peter that the tomb was empty, and after seeing the empty tomb, Peter believed. Then it says “the disciples went back to their homes”. (Jn 20:10) It is here after they leave that Mary is the first witness of the risen Christ. But where then does Christ appear to his mother first, since the gospels clearly omit this detail?